Monday, January 6, 2014

Weirdest Winter Break Ever!

This is definitely one for the record books. No school on December 20th due to a huge ice storm (my car was covered in about 2 inches of solid ice). So we started our winter break early. I waited, procrastinated, put off, avoided and just generally didn't do anything school related all of my break (except for looking at my vocab data for about 30 minutes one day before I decided playing Sims 3 was a much more productive use of my time). 

And then the weather reports say we're going to get hit with a foot of snow. And windchills in the arena of -20 to -30. Wha?! (Global warming, huh?) 

My district was the very LAST to close for today. They finally made the call at like 7:58 or something crazy last night. I was kind of glad that I didn't have to get up early on Monday. (Although I did...woke up all on my own at 5:30...How come I can't do that when I really have to go to work?? haha) I was bound and determined to get into my school today. We do not have free access to our schools being in the city. Lots of alarm systems, etc so we can't go in if the buildings haven't been opened and alarms turned off by the day custodians (who have to report at the unGodly hour of 6 a.m. every day). 

A couple of my colleagues (who have no children or whose children are all grown) get to work at 6:30 daily. In-sane. I knew, however, that they would be able to tell me if the building was accessible today. Sure enough, I got a text at 7 that the building was open. Yay! So against the advice of everyone, I packed up my car and drove down to school.

Thank goodness I did! I didn't get as much done as I would have liked (because a colleague came in and chatted my ear off for an hour or so) but I at least got to SEE my room, where I'm at and that all of my copies are, in fact, ready to go except for calendar math (which I didn't copy because I didn't know which day we'd be back). I left at 11:30 after about 3 hours...stopped to grab lunch for the girls and I and planned to hunker down at home. 
 
I wasn't even home an hour when I got a text that school is closed for tomorrow due to the wind chill! You have no idea how INSANE that is for my district. It very rarely ever happens. This is my 8th year there and we're lucky to get one snow day a year (if that) and three years ago we had such a bad storm we had snow days Wednesday-Friday in the same week. Now we're technically on our 3rd in a row if you count that we didn't have school the Friday before break too.

Absolutely crazy! I don't think any single district is open. A lot of businesses and government agencies also shut down which is unheard of. Two of our big colleges closed their campus too which is also almost unheard of. It's one for the record books.

The only thing that really stinks is that we can't really make our holiday ornaments that I had planned for the kids to make the last day because trees are put away and whatnot. :/ We are still going to have our party at least...we'll make the snacks and whatnot. 

The Youngest is really bummed because their principal called on the robocall and cancelled their holiday parties entirely. I think that's bogus. I'm glad I don't work there because I'd hold my party anyway cuz I'm a rebel like that :D

So tomorrow I will finish the last of my grading, rearrange my plans to make up for THREE days of missed school (!!!) and pray that we at least get to go back to a somewhat normal schedule again by Wednesday. My girls are practically begging to go back because I think they are sick of the four walls they see daily at home. (I am too--it was actually quite pleasant to be at school for a couple of hours today!)


The Caffeinated Teacher

8 comments:

  1. We had the weirdest December ever....no school for 4 days due to 'icemageddon' so only 10 days of instructional time, parties, etc. Enjoy the extra day off! :)

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    1. I am enjoying it with an ice cold (literally--it was half frozen lol) glass of Diet Coke and the grading I procrastinated all break (and obviously am still not working on very diligently since I'm posting on the blog!).

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  2. We have a two hour delay tomorrow because of the cold temperatures. I'm not sure whether it will end up being a full day off or not, but an extra few hours of sleep will be great!! :) Enjoy your snow day(s)!!

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    1. You are in VA, right? My cousin is there (Richmond area I think??) working as a guard in a jail. He told us that it was like 50 degrees the other day and we all wanted to kick him hehe :)

      I am TOTALLY enjoying this PJ day! But I'm also ready to get back to reality!

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  3. We were off today and again tomorrow. Our district is the same way. Hardly a snow day.

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    1. Yeah it's soooo weird and unlike us. But about 6 years ago we had a huge storm that had us in these kind of cold temps as well. I remember it clearly because a dear colleague had a water pipe break above her classroom and she lost EVERYTHING. (The file cabinets in the office--right under her room--were floating!)

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  4. We've got the same thing going on here- school is closed AGAIN tomorrow because of the cold! Crazy!

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    1. It's insane! What's even weirder is that we're going to be in high enough temps by Saturday that its supposed to RAIN. lol

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